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world geography

chapter 1 vocabulary

1.Geography The study of the earth's surface and the processes that shape it. the connections between places, and the complex relationships between people and their enviroments.
2.GIS A Geographic information system, which uses computer technology to collect and anylize data about the earth's surface in order to solve geographic problems.
3.Absolute Location The position on the earth in which a place can be found.
4.Hemisphere A half of the earth.
5.Relative Location The position of a place in relation to another place.
6.Character Of A Place The physical and human characteristics that help to distinguish a place from other place.
7.Perception A view point that is influenced by one's own culture and experiences.
8.Formal Region A group of places that have similar attributes.
9.Functional Region A group of places connected
10.Perceptual Region
11.core the earth's central consisting of very hot metal that is dense and solid
12.mantle a thick layer mostly solid rock beneath the earth's crust that sorrunds the earth's core.
13.crust the solid rocky surface layer of the arth
14.lithosphere the surface feature of the earth
15.atmosphere the layer of gases, water vapor and other substance
16.hydrosphere the water contained in ocean lakes rivers and under the ground
17.biosphere the world of plants, animals and other living things on earth
18.continent any of the seven large ladnmasses of the earth's surface
19.relief the deifference in elevation or height of the landform in any particular area
20.plate tectonics the theory that earth's outer shell is composed of a number of large
21.continental drift of theory the idea that continents slowly shift their positions.
22.ring of fire a ring of volcanic mountains surrounding the pacific ocean.
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